I use constructed imagery to convey several themes. One is the possibility of life after life and the passage of the soul between these two planes of existence, as seen in the Beginning and Jumping into Vortex. Another is the theme of humanity's relationship with the natural world and its mysteries, which can be seen, for instance, in my series of Sasquatch works. In many of my constructed imagery photographs I use animals as characters, both as actors in their own right and to convey aspects of human experience to the viewer. The key elements of light, shadow and color combine with each of these themes to suggest an overarching sense of longing--for what once was, what could be, and what can never come to pass.
Constructed imagery is the photographing of deliberately created, rather than found, scenes. Each piece of my constructed imagery is handcrafted using a variety of raw materials, including tissue and construction paper, drawings, photographs, plants, and other natural and artificial materials. The resulting three-dimensional, densely layered piece is then photographed using an original technique that preserves the mise en scène. The end effect is an image of shadow theater, blending mythology, fantasy and reality.
Trying to stay afloat
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Is the crow struggling to hold up a burden, or perhaps clinging to a piece of wreckage in the middle of a vast ocean? We assume she could fly away, yet we don't know how close she is to shore or how she ended up in the predicament she's in.
I feel a kinship with this crow. I have always struggled with depression and used fitness and healthy living to keep my head above water. Some days I feel like I can take flight; other days, I feel weighed down, alone, and adrift. Over the course of this pandemic, I've often felt like the best I can do is just stay afloat. I look forward to the day when we can all spread our wings again. August 2020
Waiting for you
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A torii is a Japanese gate that symbolizes the transition from the human world to the divine. After loving me for twenty years, my kitty Jambi now resides among the sacred.
This piece was difficult. I disassembled and reassembled it countless times; I poured hour after hour into it in hopes of honoring Jambi's legacy. In the end, I felt that while nothing I made could equal everything he gave me, this composition comes close. July 2020
My Sasquatch work explores the relationship between modern society and the vanishing wilderness over which it is overlaid. A particular inspiration of mine is the sharp contrast between the high-tech culture of the Pacific Northwest and the natural majesty that forms the backdrop to its inhabitants' daily lives. As our population swells and the forest retreats, I hope we do not lose sight of the mysteries that lie within it.